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Five idyllic destinations in Dutchess County, New York’s fall foliage paradise

The northeastern United States can suffer from freezing temperatures and an abundance of snow in the dead of winter, but in the previous months, the striking red and yellow hues of the fall foliage are (almost) worth the effort. hardly to be supported. While there is no shortage of idyllic destinations to explore in the region, the abundance of pastoral towns and pristine reserves in Dutchess County in New York City makes it a prime candidate to visit the Leaf Watchers. If the crimson hues of fall are calling you, be sure to keep this scenic destination in mind for your next trip.


The southernmost town in Dutchess County, the charming Beacon is a lover’s paradise for fine arts, fine dining, and stunning fall foliage. When visiting the Leaf Watchers, there are two special places to keep in mind: the scenic Mount Beacon Park offers stunning views of the Catskills that are well worth the steep hike, while Dennings Point State Park at riverside offers visitors magnificent views at a much more manageable slope. In between leaves, newcomers should make sure to visit Dia Beacon, the city’s huge museum of modern art, or catch a movie at Story Screen Beacon, an incredibly cozy theater featuring craft beer, locally made snacks and a wide range of indie and studio films.


When it comes to the perfect blend of natural beauty and luxury, it’s hard to beat Rhinebeck. While the interior of the village of Rhinebeck is a haven for upscale resorts and fine dining, it is the surrounding town of Rhinebeck that offers plenty of leaf viewing opportunities, with the historic Ferncliff Forest being home to one of the Hudson Valley’s most breathtaking destinations. After climbing the reserve’s fire tower and enjoying picturesque views of the surrounding countryside, nearby Drayton Grant Park at Burger Hill offers a second perspective on the landscape in a truly bucolic setting. If you’re planning to combine your leaf viewing with some much-needed rest and relaxation, be sure to book a night at the Mirbeau Inn & Spa Rhinebeck, an opulent property that offers free access to the hot tub, steam room, and sauna. ‘Himalayan salt sauna for guests.


While most of Dutchess County’s major destinations center around the Hudson River, this adjacent Connecticut town offers a truly magnificent perspective on the area’s natural beauty in the form of Troutbeck. Equipped with 250 acres of lush Hudson Valley forests to explore, visitors are invited to take a leisurely stroll through the 1910s walled garden, looking for native fish atop the stone walkway overlooking Webatuck Creek or, if the urge to roam really hits, grab a free bike and head north on the Harlem Valley Rail Trail. After a long day of traveling, don’t forget to head to the Troutbeck Dining Room for some well-earned roasted maitake mushrooms, accompanied by a perfectly crafted spritz.


Located roughly halfway between New York City and Albany, this small-scale town is home to one of the Hudson River’s most scenic attractions, the Walkway Over the Hudson, to be precise. Measuring 6,768 feet long, this steel cantilever structure is the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world, connecting Poughkeepsie to neighboring Ulster County and offering spectacular views of both sides of the Hudson River throughout. along the way. A hike along the Walkway is sure to whet your appetite, and luckily the Queen City on the Hudson is full of a wide range of restaurants to suit all palates. If you’re in the mood for Caribbean cuisine, Jamaican Restaurant Sylvia offers curried goat cheese, oxtail, and a host of other island dishes, while nearby farmers and chefs specialize in. in classic American cuisine with an emphasis on local ingredients.


Despite its small size, the Connecticut border town of Millerton offers some truly incredible food and drink opportunities. Case in point: Harney & Sons, a tea company based in the United States that offers more than 300 different varieties of leaves from all over the world. At Millerton’s comfortable location, visitors are greeted with around 250 choices, making it the perfect destination for budding tea lovers and seasoned tea aficionados. Once you’ve got enough caffeine, it’s time to head to Millerton’s top fall foliage attraction, scenic Taconic State Park. While this 16 mile stretch of the Taconic Mountains is packed with opportunities for leaf viewing, for best results, head to Rudd Pond, an idyllic body of water surrounded by well-maintained hiking trails.